Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: The Adventurers Club vs. Modran (Mission: Magic, 1973)

Of late, Dailymotion has added some long missing cartoon series. Yesterday, we had The Brady Kids' crossover with Superman. The Lone Ranger's appearance in that same 1st season will be up before the end of the week.

Tonight, it's Mission: Magic, which launched as a back-door pilot during season 1 of The Brady Kids. Although Miss Tickle, the teacher-sorceress at the helm of the Adventurers Club, sounds like Jane Webb, her voice is credited to Lola Fisher. Hmmmmm. Sounds like the beginning of the end of Webb's tenure at Filmation, as she didn't work on the studio's other frosh in 1973 (i.e. Star Trek), either. As we discussed in reviewing the series a ways back, Mission: Magic was an outlet for singer Rick Springfield, who was just making inroads with American audiences, but wouldn't really hit the jackpot until, after a few guest star appearances in primetime, he landed on General Hospital, and mastered an American accent along the way.

Here, we have the 2nd episode of the series, in which the gang take on the evil magician Modran and his triplet assistants, Bell, Book, & Candle.



The only other familiar name in the cast, aside from Springfield and co-producer Lou Scheimer's kids, Lane & Erica (who also joined the cast of Brady Kids and worked on My Favorite Martians & Lassie's Rescue Rangers that same season) is venerable Howard Morris, in one of his last jobs for Filmation.

Modran would return later in the season, seeking revenge, of course, but, sad to say, the show was cancelled after 1 season, replaced by The New Adventures of Gilligan the following season.
 
Rating: B.

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